Ted Cruz likes to boast about his poor relationship with the New York Times, and the feeling is mutual: New York City’s paper of record ridiculed him and Donald Trump Saturday as it endorsed John Kasich as the only “plausible” GOP candidate.
“Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, though a distinct underdog, is the only plausible choice for Republicans tired of the extremism and inexperience on display in this race,” the Times wrote.
Not many voters with what Cruz derides as “New York values” are likely to support him, Trump, or any Republican candidate. So the Times’ endorsement doesn’t necessarily help Kasich.
In fact, rivals may use it to argue that he’s the most palatable candidate for liberals, though the Times editorial board stated that he is “no moderate”:
Still, as a veteran of partisan fights and bipartisan deals during nearly two decades in the House, he has been capable of compromise and believes in the ability of government to improve lives. He favors a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and he speaks of government’s duty to protect the poor, the mentally ill and others “in the shadows.” While Republicans in Congress tried more than 60 times to kill Obamacare, Mr. Kasich did an end-run around Ohio’s Republican Legislature to secure a $13 billion Medicaid expansion to cover more people in his state.
The paper’s Republican endorsement called Trump and Cruz “equally objectionable for different reasons.” It said Trump “invents his positions as he goes along” and got the nation’s unemployment figures dramatically wrong.
It also said Cruz had no successes to point to: “Ted Cruz’s campaign isn’t about constitutional principles; it’s about ambition.”
The paper also endorsed Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side Saturday.